Buddhism in Africa

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Buddhism in Africa

Postby Khemadhammo Bhikkhu » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:12 pm

This Ugandan bhante i was so fortunate to meet in Thailand.I believe he is the first African Buddhist Theravadin monk, but ordained in the Birmese tradition. I was greatly inspired by his example of a monk true and pure in his livelihood and faith.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwiIHkLyl9U
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Re: Buddhism in Africa

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:55 pm

Khemadhammo Bhikkhu wrote:This Ugandan bhante i was so fortunate to meet in Thailand.I believe he is the first African Buddhist Theravadin monk, but ordained in the Birmese tradition. I was greatly inspired by his example of a monk true and pure in his livelihood and faith.


Hi Bhante,

I think you could be right, he probably is the first. He is a great inspiration and doing very well at spreading the Dhamma.

http://www.ugandabuddhistcentre.org/

I have been to Africa several times and it is no easy task trying to spread Dhamma to that continent!

http://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=A ... uddhism_in
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Re: Buddhism in Africa

Postby BlackBird » Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:27 am

Thanks for the link Bhante.

Dukkha would be a lot more 'in your face' in Africa. There's a lot of potential for the Dhamma there.
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta
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Re: Buddhism in Africa

Postby pilgrim » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:58 am

Native African Theravada monks are rare but the the Ugandan Ven Buddharakkhita is not the only one. In South Africa there is a Burmese run vihara, Dhammodaya Myanmar Vihara ( under Chanmyay Sayadaw) with 2 African monks. One of them is Ven Nandodaya who may be more senior in vassa then Ven Buddharakkhita. A ethnic Caucasian from Zimbabwe also took pabbaja in this vihara and now trains in the Ajahn sumedho community.

Of course there are many African monks in the Mahayana Fo Kuang school in S Africa and in Malawi.
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Re: Buddhism in Africa

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:19 pm

I personaly know a Mahayana/Vajrayana african monk from Zaire. He was my meditation and yoga teacher when I was a mahayana folower. A good monk.
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